Ronald Corp

Conductor & Composer

This Sceptr'd Isle 

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Programme Notes

John of Gaunt’s speech from Act 2 scene 1 of Shakespeare’s Richard II begins with the sentence, ‘This royal throne of kings, this sceptr’d isle’ and includes the familiar phrase, ‘This earth, this realm, this England’.  These stirring words have rarely been set to music but seemed perfectly apt to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Commissioned by HCS, the setting by Ronald Corp for choir and orchestra aimed to create a sense of pageantry and majesty fitting for the celebratory concert in which it was originally performed.